I have really mixed feelings about this marina. Basically it’s pretty nice. The manager told me they really don’t do a lot of transient business. The wooden floating docks are fine, but not perfect. The staff was really helpful and there was someone on hand to give directions as we approached and at the slip to help us tie up. The restaurant was pretty good but a little expensive which shouldn’t be a surprise given the proximity to NY City. My frustrations come from the fact that there’s just one head each for men and women. The shower is part of the head. That would be OK except that the dockside bar patrons use these same heads and with live music a few nights a week, there’s a crowd that relies on just these two heads. The heads get dirty quickly. I’d expect better quality from a $3 per foot marina. The other frustration is not the marinas problem but comes from the fact that I could see the Stop & Shop, Target and several restaurants from my boat across a small channel, but because the marina is on a peninsula it’s a long trip to the market - almost a mile walk or an $8 Uber or water taxi ride. I couldn’t launch my dinghy because there was another boat tied up next to me and there was no room for the dinghy. The town dock on the other side of the channel was tantalizingly close. Port Washington is a great place to visit. We met lots of nice people in town and enjoyed walking around.
This was the third time we had stopped at Hoffman’s while transiting the NJ coast. As always, the staff was very helpful and skilled in safely mooring our boat in adverse wind and current conditions. The facilities are excellent with especially nice heads and showers and a complimentary laundry. Be advised that it’s best to arrive and depart at slack water. The tidal currents are extreme and there are strong eddies around the ends of the piers closest to the railroad bridge. One uncomfortable aspect of our stay was not the fault of the marina. We tied up on a Sunday afternoon and the flood of boats making large wakes while fighting the ebb currents to get through the railroad bridge left the water in such turmoil that our boat rocked excessively in its slip. The only time it was calm was when the bridge was closed, stopping the boat traffic. By nightfall and the end of boat traffic, the slip became comfortable.
This was our third stay at Kammerman’s. The people are always great. The restrooms and showers are adequate. Unfortunately, the restaurant is closed on weekdays after a Labor Day so we couldn’t eat there. We didn’t take the time on this stop to play tourist and visit Atlantic City. We’ve done that by Uber in the past and had some fun. My two frustrations this trip were the lack of responsiveness when I called in (by both phone and VHF) as I approached the marina. Then they wanted to put my 16 ft wide both in a slip that was too narrow. There was much idling and turning around while they found a place that was satisfactory. We end up in the same spot we had in July - next to a high wall that made getting off the boat a chore given the range of tides. I still like Kammerman’s and will probably stop there again in the future.
This is the third time I’ve stayed at Half Moon Bay and I’m sure I’ll be back on my next trip on the Hudson. The head and showers are always clean and in good condition. For the most part, the piers are in good shape as well. On both of the last two times I’ve visited, the manager and I conversed before hand to discuss which slip we’d tie up in and to ensure there was assistance available when docking. One real benefit of this marina is the proximity to a good grocery store as well as the MetroNorth station for trips into New York City. Plus - there’s ice cream within walking distance. As I said, I’ll be back.
The location of this marina is great for visiting in the Kingston area. We rented a car and spent two delightful days visiting the FDR Home and Museum as well as Eleanor Roosevelt’s home at Valkill. The highlight of our trip was having lunch on both days at the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park. Rondout Yacht Basin itself is beginning to show its age. The heads and showers were clean but out of date. The piers are in decent shape. Perhaps all the rain we had while here took some shine off the facility. The marina’s web site boasts a dockside cafe but it’s only a small snack stand with an awning covered eating area. To be fair, it was closed the whole time we were there so I can’t comment on the quality or extent of the menu. The most frustrating part of this stay was contacting the marina upon arrival. The DockWa listing and my reservation confirmation both said to contact them on VHF Channel 9. I tried several times but got no response. When I called by phone all I got was an answering machine - but no response to the message I left. When I asked the person who finally met the boat after my second phone call, I was told that they don’t monitor Channel 9, but only Channel 16. I had tried that twice with no response as well. It’s very frustrating to bring a boat into a new port and new marina and not be able to contact anyone ashore until you’re already in sight of the fuel dock.
Dockmaster responded promptly when hailed and met us at the dock to assist in tying us up. Restroom and shower facilities are clean and nice. WiFi reception is excellent. My biggest compliment, however, goes to the marina owner who personally helped me troubleshoot an issue I had when trying to take on shore power. It turned out that the problem was not intuitively obvious but was on the marina side of the system. The owner came up with a work-around that provided my boat with power without having to move to a different slip. The owner spent at least an hour with me, right at the end of the work day, as we solved the problem. This is the kind of dedication to customer service that makes a marina outstanding.